We’re about a month in since The Sorest Loser 2 dropped. This is usually the time where I’m silent, reflecting on the successes and failures of a project and announce something new. I’m not releasing anything new right now, mainly because as triumphant as TSL2 was, it took a lot out of me. I gave some of my best bars while also doing things that I wanted to do a long time ago, but didn’t have the ability to do them until now (see “Never Fail” as an example of this). But on a personal level, I went through some challenges while creating TSL2. It’s partly why I went super no-fi on a few tracks, because I wanted people to hear the anguish I went through during the creative process.
With that said, I’m in a better place because of TSL2.
And with that said, let’s talk a bit about some of my favorite tracks of the album (that don’t include the singles already released).
“Black Ohtani and Trout” (feat. True God)
This one was a late edition to the album. I heard a snippet of a beat, chopped it further and asked True to add some more to it sonically. However, it almost wasn’t on the album. I thought that “No Hooks Needed” was the only OG DAR track I needed, but the response to “No Hooks Needed” wasn’t as strong as I thought it’d be (probably because it’s a very rough song).
I reflected on where I’ve been over the last 20+ years musically and thought this: “I’m a GOAT in some ways.” I may not be on a Jay-Z level in terms of notoriety but I’ve made my fair share of noise over the years. That’s where the idea of the song came from. I named it “Black Ohtani and Trout” because Shohei Ohtani does Ruthian things in baseball while pitching and hitting (which, musically, would be akin to producing and recording) and Mike Trout is considered one of the best to ever do it. I think True is one of the best artists I’ve ever had the chance to work with/know because he’s also a five-tool player. He sings, raps, produces, etc. and does them all well.
“Champion Sound (Akane and Ranma”)
Over the last few years, I’ve become more comfortable being a nerdy rapper who still produces good authentic music. “Champion Sound” actually came from an idea I had for a new These Beats of Mine tape that would’ve seen me chopping and flipping Ranma 1/2 selections (as that was the anime I just finished watching when TSL2 was in its infant stages). I put the kibosh in that idea because I wanted to focus more on the lyrical side of things. This song took the place of what would’ve been called “Se Raquel 4.”
The reason “Champion Sound” did so is two-fold. First, I’m dealing with some things that I don’t feel are appropriate to talk about on a public forum (even one such as my own site; I’ve learned from the Dezeray situation of 2011/2012). Two, the beat for “Se Raquel 4” was scrapped for TSL2 and eventually used on “WSL” from The Love of Gods 2. I feel I made the right decision because “Champion Sound” is less specific when it comes to who the song is about and, thus, makes it more evergreen. Plus, the Benji beat was on point (as usual).
“Caviar Dreams 2”
There’s no convoluted reason why this one is a favorite. It takes the ideas and ideals I laid out in the Caviar Dreams album and expands on them a bit. Plain and simple, yes.
While all of my songs have favorite moments in them, these three (along with the aforementioned singles) will help newcomers see if they want to hear the album proper. Remember to support dope music in all its forms.